The junior room have been busy with their autumn art.
Cross Country and Art
It was an eventful day for Clíodhna who came ninth in the Mayo cross country race in Ballina on Thursday. She will be moving onto the next round in Roscommon. The race commenced at eleven o’clock on the 26th of September where the only contestant for our school lined up proudly wearing the Cross N.S. jersey. It was a long race and the conditions were abysmal, people were slipping and sliding all over the track but luckily Clíodhna stayed upright thanks to her grass spikes. A pair of twins came first and second. We wish Clíodhna all the best in her next round.
Our school is looking very colourful with all the beautiful artwork we have decorating the corridor.
The junior room have been busy with their autumn art.
They have been looking at the book “Cave Baby” by Julia Donaldson and they have created lovely pictures to make their own “Cave Baby” book.
The children in Ms. Muldoon’s room have been studying the very famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. Look at their wonderful representations of “Sunflowers”.
The children in Mr. Bourke’s room have created some lovely pictures using their names.
On Thursday morning at 9.30am, we had mass for the beginning of the school year. It was celebrated by our new priest, Fr. Declan.
All the children sang beautifully in the school choir accompanied by Ms. Muldoon on the keyboard.
Our opening hymn was "The Gathering Song".
Eleanor read the First Reading and Daragh the Responsorial Psalm.
Patrick, Nathan, Luke, Evan, Shayna and Julia read the Prayers of the Faithful.
Isabella and Hannah took part in the Offertory Procession.
Our Communion hymn was "Your Love's Greater".
Danny read the Communion Reflection.
Fr. Declan thought it would be a good idea to have no homework if the teachers agreed. Luckily for us they did.
Our closing hymn was "Siúil sa Ghrá".
We wish everyone a safe and happy year in school.
The Second Week
Our new junior infants love our new reading scheme "Over the Moon".
Community Games Success
On the 18th of August, the Cong Community Games under 12 girls went to UL to compete in the Community Games All Ireland semi-final after battling through the county and Connaught finals.
Firstly we played Charlestown in Kiltimagh. We had a great few balls over the bar and in the back of the net. The game went to extra time which we won. We had a lovely medal presentation. We made our way home to some bonfires and a homecoming.
The day we played the Connaught semi-final and final our venue was in Ballinasloe GAA. We had a hard match against Riverstown, Co. Sligo and we won by a point. Then we had another hard battle against Galway and won in extra time by a goal and 2 points. We went home to more bonfires.
On August 18th, we togged out and headed to the pitch and started warming up. We had our first match against Cork. We had a few great few balls in our hands, over the bar and in the back of the net. Sadly we lost, but we didn’t give up. We fought through the play-offs against Meath and won that by a point. Then we came home and had a nice homecoming, there were great celebrations in Cross with bonfires and a big party.
This week pupils from 2nd to 6th around the hinterland of Ballinrobe took part in a gruelling Cross-Country event held at Ballinrobe Racecourse. Around 20 schools arrived at the venue rearing to go and eager to do their schools proud even if it meant running in the pouring rain! First off, the boys from 3th and 4th tried their luck in their race. Although they tried their best, it was a very challenging competition with around 200 children in the race. In the next race though, it was a very different story with Cliona Meenaghan securing an easily won 2nd place. Our other medal of the day was won by Keira Lydon in 8th place. The rest of the day passed without any other massive victories though everyone tried their absolute best running alongside very tough competition. Well done everyone who participated. It was an exciting and competitive day!
This week we had the first violin lessons of the school year with our teacher Sorcha Walsh. Last year everybody had a lot of fun doing violin and practising for our recital at the end of the year. The recital went really well, nearly fifty parents attended and everybody got a chance to show off all the skills they learned throughout the year. This year some of the fifth and sixth class students will have a chance to take their grade exams in May. Violin lessons will continue every Tuesday.
Every Thursday juniors, seniors and first class take part in the Fun Friends programme with Ms. Geraghty and Ms. Sice. It helps them understand the meaning of friendship while building resilience and reminding them that everyone can try their best.
They all gather round in a circle saying and doing fun things. This week they discussed their families and they also drew very colourful pictures of their families. They also met a very shy monkey who is learning to be brave. Everyone got a treat at the end of the session.
They have homework to do every week but the homework is great fun as it involves doing fun things with their families without the use of technology.
A New School Year
We welcome the new junior infants: Ali, Eoin, Kate, Martin, Mia and Saorlaith. They are all enjoying school so far. It was lovely to see them all playing and laughing with each other. We hope that they have a great time in their first year of school and forever more.
We were delighted to come back to a lovely school and we really appreciate all the things that have enhanced our school environment. Thank you to all the parents who organised and helped with the big spring clean, making our school a very bright and colourful place to be.
This week we have been preparing for the Cross Country which is held at Ballinrobe Race Course every year. We went down to the pitch twice this week to hold trials to see who will get onto the team. It is quite challenging to run because you want to pace yourself and conserve your stamina but at the same time try and keep up with the rest of the group. The older pupils (5th and 6th class) have to run around seven laps of the pitch which adds up to the distance of the race course, while the younger pupils run a considerably less distance of four laps. This is not as easy as it looks. We had a very successful year last year with Tom, Luke and Cliodhna qualifying and going through to Ballina so hopefully we will have more qualifiers this year. Good Luck Everyone!!!